Rafael Nadal is not looking back, he’s looking ahead. After tough 2015 season in which he ended on a positive note, Nadal is hopeful of continuing his climb back up to the top in the New Year. And he admits, even though it’s an Olympic year, he doesn’t have any set of goals.
“You never will hear from my mouth saying one particular goal, because the end of the day in tennis, we have tournaments every week,” Nadal said. “But my motivation is Doha now and then going to be Melbourne. That’s it. No, no, no, I cannot think farther than that.”
But there is one thing he wants do. “I hope the most important thing: Play better,” he said.
With most players focusing on the Olympics, Nadal who already has a gold, simply isn’t.
“The fact this is an Olympic year really don’t change nothing, no?” he said. “When the Olympics arrive, we gonna try to be ready for it, but for the moment, that’s the normal ATP calendar, and I am focused on it then for sure.
“The motivation to play Olympics will be amazing, but for the moment, I am focused on Qatar now.”
After losing in the opening round a year ago to Michael Berrer, Nadal begins his official 2016 campaign against countryman Pablo Carreno Busta on Wednesday.
Nadal adds that since he’s been healthy, he’s been able to train like he wants.
“I have been training as much time as we believe we needed, and that’s it,” he said. “We worked hard. We worked harder than usual because the physical condition allows me to do it, and that’s important for me.
“I feel that I worked well. Didn’t stop much this year. That helps too to don’t lose the condition, and I played in IPTL. For me it was great, because it was a great week of practice, practicing a lot there at the same time and competing a little bit, too. So it was, for me, was a great thing to do.’
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